Take a look at our regular pages of discounts, deals and ideas for mums, dads and tots to enjoy as a family, one-to-one with junior, or blissfully alone, morning, noon or night.
For the kids
50% for kids at Tony Romas
There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but kids can now eat from the kids menu at Tony Romas on weekdays for 50% off with every adult Entrée ordered. Get stuck into succulent signature steaks, chicken delights, seafood, salads, soups and more.
Prices vary. Valid 11am to 11pm. Three locations across Dubai including Sheikh Zayed Road, www.tonyromas.ae (04 331 3777).
Why not get the kids down to the newest experience on the block at Kidzania – the Kidzania Rotana Hotel. The hotel mimics the design of a real Rotana Hotel with dedicated lobby, Zen Spa and restaurant lookalikes where kids aged four to 16 can try out three 20 minute role plays from working as receptionist for room reservations, a restaurant officer and housekeeping colleagues.
Deposit the little monsters down at Mini Monsters soft play area and let them run wild all day every day for just Dhs50. As if that’s not exciting enough, between 9am and 2pm on Sundays and Tuesdays play won’t cost you a single penny. That’s right, free play for the little monsters! Promotions not valid on school or public holidays.
Mini Monsters, off exit 42 on Sheikh Zayed Road, www.minimonsters.ae (04 341 4459).
Check out the regular kids art workshops at the Maraya Art centre, many of which are completely free. In May, shadow puppets is just one of the themes on offer where kids aged five to 10 learn about creating shadow puppets and perform a short play with the fruits of their labours.
Shadow puppets workshop is free. May 3rd. 2pm to 5pm. Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, www.maraya.ae (06 556 6555).
Evenings and weekends
Shangri-La family fun
Get away for the weekend with the Shangri-La family fun offer where kids can eat for free when adults book a suite for their stay. Interconnected suites will also be offered to families where available to keep the kids close at hand but still far enough away to leave you with some quiet time. The promotion runs throughout all Shangri-La and Traders properties throughout the Middle East – every hotel has its own unique kid’s activity from pizza making to swimming classes as well as kids access to adventure and cool zones at relevant properties where many more additional kids activities are scheduled.
Offer valid until Sept 30th 2014. www.shangri-la.com.
The much loved monthly flea market where Mums can sell their quality pre-loved baby, toddler and maternity items is back, but this time, due to popular demand they will be hosting their first ever two day event on the 25th and 26th April. An exciting addition to the news of the two day market, Baby Bazaar will also be hosting a special nursery open day event alongside the market where parents will have the opportunity to meet a range of nurseries and ask any questions they may have about their fees, facilities and more. As usual, there will also be loads of giveaways and lots of activities to ensure the kids are kept thoroughly amused and entertained.
9am to 6pm, Times Square Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road. www.babybazaar.org.
Reel Cinemas, The beach
If you live anywhere near the JBR neighbourhood, get down to the new cinema complex at The Beach. With seven standard screens and three platinum suites all the latest releases in both 2D and 3D are closer to home than ever before. There’s plenty of parking and it’s free for up to three hours with a validated movie ticket. For the obligatory movie snack, a gourmet popcorn shop is also on hand with a flavour to suit every taste from salted caramel to blueberry and everything in between.
Marjan Island Resort and Spa
For a cheeky break that’s still close to home, the Ras Al Khaimah Marjan Island Resort has everything to keep the whole family entertained with a range of facilities and water sports for kids. There’s also an indoor-outdoor playground, Pirates Club, entertainment fun centre and a dedicated kids pool. Of course, there’s also the spa if you want to leave the kids at the Pirates Club and make a break for it for the afternoon.
www.marjanislandresort.com (07 203 6500).
Without the kids
Le Brunch, Iris
Spend your Friday relaxing with indulgent foods and rooftop views from the 27th floor at Iris, Le Brunch on Fridays. The extensive brunch menu is a la carte and features treats from perfectly cooked eggs, traditional pancakes alongside all the usual brunch favourites. Leave all your thoughts of the kids behind for a few hours as you relax with a signature cocktail and slip gently into weekend mode with the smooth sounds of the live band.
www.irisdubai.com (056 951 1442).
Step out in style with The Cure unlimited hair package. From this month, The Cure Green Community branch is offering the chance for you to have your hair cut, coloured and blow dryed as much as you like for Dhs6,000 per year. If unlimited hair dos don’t tickle your fancy then the Essential Elegance package might be more up your street – for Dhs4,200 you can get unlimited manicures, pedicures and polish changes (non gel) as well as unlimited threading and tinting for the whole year. You’ve never had a better excuse to be more red carpet ready every day of the year.
www.thecure.ae (04 883 0818).
Ba Restaurant and lounge
For something a bit different, tap into your inner flapper and get over to the new Thursday night speakeasy, a 1920s prohibition themed night at Fairmont, The Palm. Emulating the glamour and jazz of the era, sip the coolest cocktails of the Gatsby age in the velvety interior as you listen to live jazz. The restaurant will offer a complimentary meal for two to the best dressed couple so dig out your best pinstripe suit or bejewelled dress. Oh, and don’t forget the password – you won’t be able to get in without it.
Follow www.facebook.com/dineatba for weekly password updates. www.dineatba.com (04 457 3338).
If it’s just all too much and you need to get a break away from the kids, the recently opened Salalah Rotana has everything you need for a relaxing break from the pressures of family and city life. Set close to the famous Salalah Beach, the hotel is on a lagoon and network of waterways that connect the hotel to the Indian Ocean. The hotel has been designed specifically to offer a sense of calm and also offers the all important spa which provides treatments derived from ancient Asian holistic therapies so you can kick back and spend some much needed ‘me’ time relaxing, pampering and just enjoying the peace.